i* is a well known goal modeling framework, developed by a large and geographically dispersed research community. Currently, i* users tend to ascribe different and conflicting meanings to its constructs, leading to a non uniform use of the language, and consequently undermining its adoption. In previous works, we proposed ontological guidelines to support the creation of i* models, in an attempt to provide a solution to this problem. In this paper, we present an empirical study, to evaluate these ontological guidelines. Results show that for more experienced conceptual modelers, the ontological guidelines indeed support i* modeling. However, results are not as positive for nonexperienced conceptual modelers.
CitationCosta, R., Guizzardi, R., Franch, X., Guizzardi, G., Wieringa, R. An empirical study to validate the use of ontological guidelines in the creation of i* models. A: Brazilian Ontology Research Seminar. "Proceedings of the Brazilian Seminar on Ontologies (ONTOBRAS 2015): São Paulo, Brazil, September 8-11, 2015". São Paulo: CEUR-WS.org, 2015, p. 1-12.
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